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Langston Hughes & The Many Aspects of His Poetry

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Nzinga Hendricks

on 15 September 2015

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Langston Hughes & The Many Aspects of His Poetry
Who is Langston Hughes?
The Man Behind the Poetry:
Langston Hughes, (Feb. 1st, 1902-May 22nd, 1967) was one of the key literary masters of both the 20th Century and the Harlem Renaissance. Like all great artists, there were several influences in Hughes' society that greatly affected his art. These were some of the iinfluences.
Political Beleifs/Ideologies of the Harlem Renaissance:
Key Political Movements/Ideologies Pre-Harlem Renaissance:
Garveyism & Pan-Africanism (Back to Africa Movement)
Formation of the NAACP in 1908 (W.E.B Du Bois)
The Conflict of WWI in the African-American community
The concept of the 'New Negro'
Where did it originate: The origin of jazz music was during the 1920’s harlem renaissance in New Orleans. It comes from origin of both Africa and Europe. From Africa jazz got its feel and rhythm aspects and from europe it got its harmony and instruments. The music was born out of the african american experience in the United States.

Connection to harlem renaissance: Jazz music came to fame during the Harlem Renaissance era. As black people moved from the south during the great migration, they brought their culture and experiences with them with them . This eruption of poetry, dance, and music was known as the harlem renaissance. Because jazz was a key component of this era.

Connection to hughes writing: LH is know as one of the first true jazz poets. A Jazz poet is a person who incorporates jazz into their poetry. Weary Blues is an example of one of the poems that he was able “capture the rhythm of blues in his poem” (Feinstein, Sascha.)

Themes in Hughes' Writing
Often the themes of langston Hughes revolve around many topics. Most predominantly, dream and the African American experience,which include things like racism.

As I grew

Hold fast

For if
is a

cannot fly
Hold fast
is a


Theme: Continue to hold onto your dreams, because without dreams life is meaningless .

The lasting impact of Langston Hughes
The Harlem Renaissance
In conclusion, Langston Hughes is just as complex and influential as the time he lived in. This fact is evident as his work is still influential even today.
The Jazz Age & its Influence
By: Nzinga Hendricks & Shanda Strong
I.B Literature: 4th Period, A-Day
Red- Here the word dreams is repeated in the poem. This is used to deliver the notion that dreams are a key element of dreams. Because the theme of the poems is about dreams this is an important part of the poem.

Blue- The things that are in blue are anaphoras. This is a repetitive device where a word is used at the beginning of each sentence . In this poem the words “hold fast”, “for when” and “life is” is repeated at the beginning of the sentences.

Bolded- Hughes uses the words broken-winded to personify life without dreams. If he would have used the word wingless bird perhaps the theme of the poem wouldn't have gotten through as easily .

contrasting colors- These colors were used to show how hughes uses nouns and anti functions in order to show how without dreams life is meaningless. What i mean by anti function is a bird’s main identity is being able to fly . Without its wings it cannot fly. and since flight is one of the main characteristics of a bird , in essence that bird is no longer a bird. A field’s purpose is to grow crops, however a barren field also is purposeless aka life without a dream .

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